WSC Alpine skiers post wins
Regardless of the division or competition, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers continue to post impressive results.
The J1 and J2 division skiers (ages 15 to 19) recently returned from the Regional Championships at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. The race formerly was known as the Rocky Central Junior Olympics, but the creation of a separate J2 Junior Olympics this year prompted event coordinators to rename the four-day Alpine event held March 13 to 16 the J1/J2 Regional Championships.
Winter Sports Club athletes Sean Dixon and Brittany Bahle led the way for the young men and women, respectively, picking up top-three overall finishes.
Dixon was the overall champion after finishing seventh in the first super-G, sixth in the second super-G and second in the giant slalom.
Joshua Stuhr of Team Summit was second overall, and Robert Gosiewski of Ski Club Vail was third.
Bahle took second overall on the women’s side, finishing third in her first super-G, fifth in the second super-G and second in the giant slalom.
Kate Hosking from the Central Region took first. Her Central teammate, Kate Waller, was third overall.
“We were pretty psyched with the results,” said Winter Sports Club coach Tom Davis. “It’s a great opportunity to see where they stack up in the region.”
The four-day event in Aspen got started March 13 with the first of two super-G runs.
Gillian Hearn of Aspen won the first women’s race, with Bahle coming in third and Winter Sports Club athletes Robyn Dye and Kathleen Lyon finishing 12th and 18th, respectively.
The second super-G race was contested Sunday. Bahle came in fifth, Annie Vranizan came in seventh, Lyon was 18th, and Dye was 19th for the Winter Sports Club.
Attention shifted to the giant slalom Monday for the men.
After posting a seventh- and sixth-place finish in his two super-G runs, Dixon finished second in the giant slalom behind Jonathan Mika of the Central Region.
Cory McConnell, 15 and in his first year at the J2 level, came in third, moving up from a 38 start position.
Derek Nickum came in 11th, Thomas Allen was 14th, and Jeff Dye was 19th for the Winter Sports Club.
One other notable finish, Davis said, was Matt Whiteman’s. The Australian is training with the Winter Sports Club this winter, and Whiteman finished 30th after starting at 102nd in the giant slalom.
Bahle was the lone WSC athlete in the top 20 in the women’s giant slalom Tuesday.
Many of the J1 and J2 races will continue the season at open FIS races in Montana before racing in the spring series in Summit County.
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